Monday, August 17, 2015

garden sunday

He was happy pottering around the yard for hours, playing rocket/zoo/camping/raccoon trap (the circus tent played various roles throughout the afternoon), once in a while helping with the gardening and asking great questions: "Why does this say 'caution'?"

She took a step! One. Twice!
And she ate a lot of dirt. She's so quick. She would even hold it up first to show whoever happened to be watching but, somehow, she still managed to slip it in before we could stop her. I was able to distract her for a while by picking basil leaves to munch on instead, but ultimately she was happiest when 'playing with' the dirt.


Our downstairs housie is doing a permaculture course this semester. Yesterday, she and her husband spent ALL DAY completely reconfiguring our garden and it is beautiful! We upstairs people spent most of the afternoon/evening helping. I also finished planting out the new front herb garden, so that project is done!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


I got him up in the middle of his rest when I noticed the excitement happening out the front window! Our neighbour's house lost its roof (and its heart) during the storm, now it's completely gone. Dirt. The family had lived there for over 80 years. 

She voraciously demolishes any food within her (unexpectedly long) reach and can - sort of - ask for "more" using baby sign. Last night she polished off a mountain of noodles, one by one, and every single one looked and sounded like this. Hilarious!


I spent the better part of the past three weekends intentionally smashing things (and gluing the broken bits onto a wall)! What other hobby could be more satisfying?! The project has been a long time coming, and now is almost finished.

Obviously I had some help with it, intermittently.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

time flies when you're... back home!

We've been home for over a month already, these photos show just a taste of what we've been up to...


- Catching up with old friends.
- Dress-up day at kindy (don't call him a puppy, he was a meerkat). He proudly wore the complete costume (from ugg boots to head/mask) ALL day, including meals, sand pit, rest time and walking there and home.
- Weekly Story Time at 'Where the Wild Things Are' book shop.
- He's become a prolific author and illustrator. Every book MUST have a staple spine. This is a page from his very first book, "Mummy Fish and Baby Fish".
- The Story Bridge turned 75 years old and had a big party! We got to walk across it, eat market food and hang with friends.
- Painting!
- Cruising around on his balance bike.


- After being such a confident 'commando' crawler (all arms and wriggles) for months she has finally engaged the KNEES! It's much slower than the knee-less version but she's thoroughly enjoying the challenge.
- We caught up with my childhood pal who was helping out at a friend's cafe in Brisbane. Little She made herself at home, crawled around, ate food, helped behind the counter, greeted customers...
- Playing tunes with Daddy.
- State Library fun! They currently have some excellent activity baskets, each with a book and props/costumes to enhance the storytelling experience!
- She loves that she's now old enough to ride in the bike trailer! 


- Just as our plane landed in Brisbane, a very special new baby landed on Earth! So, finally home from 6 weeks overseas, we jumped in the car and drove to the Sunny coast to meet her. She's PERFECT! Little He and She are both very excited to have a new cousin.
- I had a hectic first few days at home, as the course was on again, starting that first weekend. It was a busy but refreshing two weeks. This flower bowl was created by one of the participants and represents the different aspects of the course.
- Picnics with friends and market mornings helped us enjoy getting back into the rhythm of normal life.
- I saw a stunning, complete rainbow!
- We've been doing lots of bits and pieces around the house, painting the fence (and slippery slide ladder), tidying up out the front, upgrading our tank, thinking about house paint colours, making plans...